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Sound Waves?

  1. May 11, 2009 #1
    Are sound waves released in quanta?

    If so, what are these bosons called?

    If I'm wrong, please explain why?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 11, 2009 #2
    Yes, they are called phonons and they are bosons. See Wikipedia on this subject or other popular articles.

    Bob.
     
  4. May 11, 2009 #3
    I think they are called phonons in solids, but I'm not sure about fluids? I don't think there is any 'sound particle' there...
     
  5. May 12, 2009 #4
    there is also something called 'rotons'. not sure if thats sound or not.
     
  6. May 12, 2009 #5
  7. May 13, 2009 #6
    Thanks for the help, much appreciated:)
     
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